Tuesday 26 June 2012

Polestar - Demo (1997)

Happy Birthday to us! The CCPS miraculously survived another Sled Island and are marking our fifth anniversary today! That's five years, over 500 posts and an amazing amount of made-up junk about bands we only barely remember seeing/hearing about.

Well, our commitment to high-quality posts continues with this demo from what we think might be a band involving Big Bang Theory's Case Caulfield. Actually, we know absolutely nothing about these guys. Craig Evans gave us this tape and no context. We'd like to thank Craig, regardless of the lack of info.

So, we're going to use this as an opportunity to put a call out to anyone out there with tapes they want to lend us. We're still looking for stuff from Dixie's Death Pool, Fire Engine Red, the Li-150s, and... well, anything else interesting. Get in touch with us!

But for now, grab this and let us know if you know what we don't know.

Monday 25 June 2012

Knucklehead - Live 98 (1998)

So, one more piece of vinyl for you, and then we're lapsing into a post-Sled Island coma. A sly Melodiya employee suggested we buy this a few years ago - we're not sure what this is or where it came from. There's no mention of this on the band's website or their wikipedia entry. We assume this is really Knucklehead from Calgary, and not another of the bajillion other bands out there with the same name.

Apologies for the rip on this - the vinyl on this thing wasn't in great shape. But maybe you don't really care because you've got Sled head.

Saturday 23 June 2012

Field Day - Enough For Two (1994)

Chances are that if you, like us, have a couple of key Calgary compilations from the mid-90's, you have "Enough for Two" in your collection already. At least a few times.

So maybe you want to see the video for it?

And then maybe you want to indulge your OCD and download this single?

Thursday 21 June 2012

Field Day - Hot Wax 7" (1993)

So, today's post is another exercise in excessive collecting. Four years ago, we posted a Field Day tape called Hot Wax, and in the comments someone noted that the tape was a compilation of songs off their 7". We're sure that, since reading that four years ago, you've been waiting with baited breath for us to post the single. Well, friends, that glorious day has come.

Uh, we don't really have much else to say about this. Except that we saw Jonas Smith's Yukon-based metal band last year (or was it the year before? Honestly, time doesn't make much sense to us at the CCPS). It was, uh, metallic.

But you can get one step closer to curing your OCD by grabbing this single here.

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Joker - Not Playing With a Full Deck 7" (1990)

Here's another single that's been sitting in the CCPS archives since ubiquitous bass master Steve Elaschuk donated it to us. Folks really like Joker (especially folks in Europe?), so here's another pack of songs from these guys.

What's news to us is that, according to the Encyclopedia Metallum (which we wish had been on the shelves of our jr. high school library), guitarist Ken Wall also spent time in White Noise/Beyond Possession.

Which certainly would explain these guys' sound.

Sunday 17 June 2012

Wedge - One Too Many (1992)

The CCPS vinyl curiosities continue with this single from Wedge. We had hoped to find a tape by these guys, but never were able to put our fingers on one. So, we're pleased to have this as a more-than-ample substitute. It's a great slab of noisy alt-rock from one of our favourite times - back when Sloth was a record label waiting to become a store.

Get it here.

Saturday 16 June 2012

S.P. Cerra - Sit Tease/Essence 7"

We're rousing ourselves out of our mandatory pre-Sled Island nap to get back to some posts. It's been quiet here at the CCPS - we've managed to return most of the tapes that we've recently borrowed, so we're going to turn to our vinyl collection for a few oddities.

And what better place than this? There's no year on this record, and we're not 100% sure, but we've mostly convinced ourselves that this is a pre-Funeral Factory project - not just because of Mary-Lynn White's presence, but also because of the vocals. Greg Kushner sent us this record a couple of years ago without any explanation.

So, of course, we make up our own.

Sunday 10 June 2012

Lab Coast - Editioned Houses (2012)

Phew! Back to Calgary, just in time for POST #500!!! WOOHOO!!! In your face, other blogs!

Okay, now that we have that out of our system, we want to celebrate one of our current local faces, the low-fi pop masters that are Lab Coast. We truly appreciate Chris Dadge's commitment to the cassette format, one that he's continued with the help of Iowa's Night-People Records. This pinkalicious tape is what Dadge and Laing excel at - understated pop masterpieces in the vein of Sebadoh. Hmm. We're now picturing Laing as Lou Barlow. And somehow it's working.

Anyways, side two of this tape is a bit of a surprise - an experimental, 12-minute track that's more in keeping with Dadge's Bug Incision projects. And, yes, we know we have failed to catalog Dadge's prolific cassette output on here - but that's a rabbit hole that we know we'll never get out of if we start down it. We'll be at post #600 and just have scratched the surface of his recorded output.

You can get this tape at Hot Wax or (presumably) Night-People.

Saturday 9 June 2012

CCPS Miscellany: Pal Joey - Last Chance for Food and Drink (1994)

Okay, one last Edmonton tape, and then back to Calgary. We're going to go with something we actually can pretend we know something about. Kind of.

Pal Joey were a super-talented bunch of folks; their CD, Tennessee Angels, is one of the few Edmonton CDs in the CCPS archives (along with the Slow Fresh Oil and Twin Fangs discs). And we're always happy to have another tape in the collection - so thanks to Natalie from Depeche Ode for passing us this tape. More of the great roots rock we expect from the band on here.

Actually, this post officially makes Pal Joey the Edmonton band with the most coverage on the CCPS. Go figure.

Thursday 7 June 2012

CCPS Miscellany: Unsound - Helen Gone (1993)

So, this trip to Edmonton is growing increasingly random. What is this? Who is this? Why does this matter? We can't even remember how this ended up in the CCPS archive.

We can't wait to get back to Calgary.

Tuesday 5 June 2012

CCPS Miscellany: Punched Unconscious - How to Know Your Blows (1995)

Sorry it's been so quiet here at the CCPS. We got distracted from our romp through Edmonton tapes by the release of the full schedule for Sled Island - we've been planning our steps carefully, and working on our alcohol tolerance. But don't worry! We're back with another Edmonton tape, one that comes via our favourite mad taper, Chris Zuk.

Chris didn't tell us anything about Punched Unconscious, and all the Edmonton Band List has to offer is a simple "?" There is a Facebook page for these guys, but all you really need to know is... well, we're not sure.

Dirty rock and roll from... uh, Dirt City.

Saturday 2 June 2012

CCPS Miscellany: All Woman Brothers Band - All You Can Eat (1995)

There's a fairly strong Calgary connection with this Edmonton band. Our friends at Melodiya records put out a 7" AND a 10" by the All Woman Brothers Band. And members of this band went on to form the Primrods-influenced (in name, at least) Bullyproof.

Our friends at Making Time for Thoughtcrime have nice things to say about the All Woman Brothers Band, as well as a complete download of their stuff.

But you can get their tape from us.